This Meticulously researched, beautifully written, and sumptuously illustrated catalogue of Deccani paintings, drawings, and manuscripts in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art in Hyderabad is certain to become a landmark in the study of Indian miniature painting. By far the most comprehensive publication on painting in the Deccan, a region that spans south-central India, it provides sensitive analyses of 104 exquisite paintings, drawings, and manuscripts collected over six decades by Jagdish and Kamla Mittal, a husband-and-wife team of artist-connoisseurs residing in Hyderabad, the pre -eminent cultural centre of the Deccan, as well as 49 comparative works from other collection. Alongside new insights into important paintings from the courts of Ahmadnagar, Bijapur and Golkonda in the 16th and 17th centuries are discoveries from the later courts at Aurangabad and Hyderabad, including several newly identified major artists. Paintings from such places as Berar, Ellichpur, Nagpur, and Nossam are discussed in depth for the first time, as are works produced at the little-known tributary states once loosely allied with the Nizam of Hyderabad. The superb quality of the illustrations, the selection of choice details , and the inclusion of revealing comparative material make this highly informative book essential to anyone who studies or enjoys Indian miniature painting.